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BIG Weekly Newsletter

June 16, 2022
Issue: No 136

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This week read about how S&P Global, Argus invest in oil blockchain VAKT that’s planning tokenization, why Financial watchdog FINRA is hiring to expand crypto resources, monitoring and the top 10 Metaverse projects to look out for in 2022.

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S&P Global, Argus invest in oil blockchain VAKT that’s planning tokenization
VAKT is playing a key role in the digitalization of the sector connecting the entire ecosystem, including oil companies, traders, brokers and banks. It uses the Ethereum-based Quorum permissioned blockchain.


Financial watchdog FINRA is hiring to expand crypto resources, monitoring
FINRA's new tasks related to cryptocurrency include monitoring the way firms handle cryptocurrencies and their customers' trades. FINRA is working to verify ownership of digital assets and monitor activity on blockchains.


Top 10 Metaverse projects to look out for in 2022
The exponential increase in the global metaverse market says it all. There are numerous metaverse projects that one would be interested to know about.



Nigerian Exchange plans blockchain stock settlement in 2023
NGX is planning to use blockchain for stock settlement. The question is whether NGX purely plans to use blockchain in the backend for stock settlement or whether it’s looking to issue security tokens.


      Security vs. utility tokens
      The decentralised nature of blockchain technology has revolutionised several industries. Security tokens have the potential to transform the way we raise capital and invest in assets.


          How to raise capital using digital securities
          The emergence of blockchain technology provides an alternative capital raising strategy to fund business expansion and development. This process involves raising capital by selling digital tokens to investors.



              Nigeria to enable eNaira CBDC on feature phones for financial inclusion
              The Central Bank of Nigeria is now extending the eNaira service to target financial inclusion. Initially, the offering was only available to bank account holders and via smartphone apps.


              Oman is currently working on its first digital currency
              For central banks in emerging markets, a driver for developing CBDCs is that it provides opportunities to bring underbanked communities into the financial system.


              EU faces citizens’ opposition in race for digitale euro
              The European Commission will close a public consultation on the digital euro, after feedback from EU citizens indicated that CBDC may not be as welcomed as regulators had hoped for.


              CRYPTOCURRENCIES, DeFi and NFT

              Bitcoin, Ethereum technical analysis: BTC falls to $20,000 range, as sell-off extends
              This latest decline comes as traders prepare for FOMC meeting, where expect the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates. We have yet to find a price floor following the recent declines in value.


              Crypto crash wreaking havoc on DeFi protocols, CEXs
              On popular DeFi, lending protocol Aave, utilization rates have fallen across nearly all stablecoin borrowings. According to CryptoRank Platform, TVL in overall DeFi protocols has fallen, driven, by capital flight and a decrease in the value of digital assets.


              Givenchy to use NFTs to celebrate Pride
              Luxury brand Givenchy Parfums, will launch a non-fungible token in celebration of Pride. The digital artwork will be a series of animated portraits based on photos and reinterpreted with the colors of the rainbow. In total there will be 1952 copies available for sale on the VeVe NFT marketplace.



              A New Intellectual Framework - Connecting the Invisible Dots
              This paper aims to set out some relevant ideas for the creation and establishment of a successful Financial DIGITAL MARKET INFRASTRUCTURE provider.


              DLT in the Real World 2021
              This survey draws on direct feedback from over 140 organisations around the globe: from all industry segments and geographies.


              PODCAST SERIES


              In this podcast Didier Borel discovers people in Switzerland playing an active role in crypto and tech. He talks to entrepreneurs, tech innovators and disruptors shaping the future in this country. Switzerland has always played a key role in banking and has recognized the need to foster innovation.


              Laura Shin is a crypto/blockchain journalist and host of the Unchained and Unconfirmed podcasts. As a former senior editor of Forbes, she was the first mainstream reporter to cover crypto assets full-time. She gives an overview to all experts and novices alike on the use cases making a real impact, and their vision for the future of this innovative technology!
              Unchained podcast

              UPCOMING EVENTS

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              June 20-23, 2022

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              July 19-21, 2022


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